When you want to spend some time in the great outdoors – or just want to blow off some steam – Cherokee County’s two recreational parks are just a short drive away. In fact, if you’re in downtown Murphy, NC or nearby Andrews, they’re right around the corner. When you arrive at the park, take an energizing jog through the grounds, enjoy a game of tennis, or nosh on picnic food with your family or friends. Depending on the season, you might catch a soccer or baseball game, or even a community festival. So grab a cold drink and some sunscreen, and enjoy some welcome downtime in a local park.
Murphy Recreation Park (Konehete Park)
Operated by the Cherokee County Recreation Department, Konehete Park fronts the scenic Valley River in Murphy. Come enjoy a picnic anytime, or let the kids burn off some energy on the playground equipment. Konehete Park also contains three convenient pavilions, which you can reserve for parties or other get-togethers (Note: There is a 2 1/2-hour time limit for pavilion use). And speaking of big parties, Konehete Park also plays host to several Cherokee County festivals, such as the Kids’ Fair and July 4th celebrations.
If you’re a tennis enthusiast, take advantage of Konehete Park’s four lighted courts. If team tennis brings out your best game, or you’d like to learn this popular sport, contact the Cherokee County Recreation Department for details. During the conversation, ask about pickleball, a hot new game that recently made its debut in Murphy.
Or, get acquainted with slacklining, an addictive new sport that involves balancing (and walking) on a low-to-the-ground flexible tightrope. If this sounds intriguing, head down to Murphy Slackers’ slackline park, behind Konehete Park’s last baseball field at the River Walk ending point. In fact, take the kids along, as they’ll probably enjoy slacklining as well. Check out Murphy Slackers’ Facebook page for a list of seasonal activities.
If a cool swim or a fitness class sounds appealing, Konehete Park is just a stone’s throw from the Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center. Purchase an affordable day pass, or consider a membership for yourself and/or your family.
Andrews Recreation Parks
Next, travel about 15 miles northeast of Murphy on Highway 19/129 (also called the four-lane). Before reaching Andrews, North Carolina, you’ll pass some of the most stunning mountain scenery you’ve ever seen – so pull over and get some pictures.
After arriving in Andrews, travel on Main Street before turning left onto Park Street, and follow to the Andrews Recreation Parks. This 70-acre complex contains an entire wish list of recreational facilities. Enjoy the swimming pool, skate park, ball and soccer fields, and tennis and basketball courts. For a change of pace, hike the walking trails before enjoying a picnic lunch or grilling burgers and hot dogs. Afterward, let the kids enjoy the playground while you relax with a cold drink.
Maybe you and your family would enjoy playing team sports. Adult leagues include men’s softball, church league softball, flag football, women’s or coed volleyball, tennis, or table tennis. The younger set might enjoy ball field sports such as youth softball, Little League ball, tee-ball, and machine pitch. Youth football, basketball, and volleyball are also popular in season.
With all these recreational options in Murphy, NC and Andrews, NC, you can enjoy the great outdoors right in your own community. So put on comfortable clothes, grab some cold water, and find an activity you enjoy. We just might see you out there!
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